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Cub Scouts Visit the Pumpkin Patch


On October 19th, Pack 152 visited the Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Festival in Suisun. The kids and parents got to ride the train, visit the railroad museum, and pick out pumpkins to bring home.

Caring For Creekside

Dec 29, 2011
<I>Photo courtesy of Tahirih Roa</i>
Photo courtesy of Tahirih Roa
Among the many conservation and service projects undertaken by Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152 in 2011 is the pack’s recent adoption of Creekside Park, where each month the Scouts will pick up trash, pull weeds and keep the park clean and safe. Earlier this month, the Scouts and their parents spent an hour collecting about 30 pounds of trash.

“It’s amazing to have so many young boys take part in and enjoy activities that help our community,” said Webelos leader Tahirih Roa. “It was a beautiful day and, as always, a great day for Scouting.”

Seen at Camp Wente

Seen at Camp Wente
Sep 22, 2011    
Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152
Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152 took their Hometown Weekly Newspaper on a fun-filled four-day excursion to Camp Wente in Willits.

The boys paddled kayaks, launched arrows, shot BB guns, hooked fish and scrounged around on a scavenger hunt. Their nights were filled with campfires, skits and the camping classic – smores.

The Oakley Press thanks Pack 152 for the rugged R&R.

Cub Carolers

Jan 06, 2011
<i>Photo courtesy of Frank Beede</i>
Photo courtesy of Frank Beede
  Frank Beede checked in to let us know that Cub Scout Pack 152 at Vintage Parkway Elementary did its part to make the holidays happier for the residents at Lone Tree Convalescent Home.

Under the direction of Bear den leader Amy Van Linge, scouts Jake Donovan, Garrett Hogan, Justin Hurney, Nolan Lozano, William Mesker, Joshua Scheer, Dom Spagnol, Gio Spagnol, Nathan Van Linge, Tyler Hurney and some of their brothers and sisters filled the facility with the magical melodies of Christmas carols.

Way to go, Pack 152!

152's Cubmaster named NFL Teacher of the Year

Beede named NFL Teacher of the Year
by Samie Hartley
Aug 05, 2010

Frank Beede receives a hug from wife Kim moments after learning he’d be selected at the 2010 NFL Teacher of the Year. Beede, a former Seattle Seahawk, teaches U.S. and world history at Freedom High School. He also works with English as a Second Language students.<br><i>Photo by Richard Wisdom</i>
Frank Beede receives a hug from wife Kim moments after learning he’d be selected at the 2010 NFL Teacher of the Year. Beede, a former Seattle Seahawk, teaches U.S. and world history at Freedom High School. He also works with English as a Second Language students.
Photo by Richard Wisdom
When Frank Beede woke up on Wednesday morning, he had no idea he’d be making headlines in East County – let alone the entire country.

Beede, an Oakley resident and Freedom High School history teacher, thought it was just another day, but when he returned to the Freedom campus that afternoon to discuss a training course he’d taken earlier in the day, he was greeted by a crowd of nearly 300 students, family, friends, school dignitaries, local officials and colleagues who gathered in the school’s cafeteria to celebrate Beede’s selection as the 2010 NFL Teacher of the Year.

The former Seattle Seahawk, who has been teaching at Freedom for three years, was kept fully in the dark about the honor. He didn’t even know Principal Erik Faulkner had nominated him for the annual award that recognizes former players who have gone on to make an impact in the classroom as a professional teacher. Judging from the smile on his face as he walked into the room, he was genuinely shocked by the lavish ceremony held in his honor.

“You guys definitely surprised me,” Beede said in disbelief as the crowd continued to cheer and chant his name. Beede said his love of learning manifested in junior high when he was a student at Park Middle School in Antioch. He went on to graduate from Antioch High and Oklahoma Panhandle State before playing for the Seahawks as a guard for five years, but teaching was always his ultimate career goal.

“I left Antioch and went on to Cal (State Berkeley – where he began his college career) and then I signed with the Seahawks, and I had a great time while I was there,” Beede said. “Now here I am, and I think I’m at the place I always intended to be – teaching and coaching. I really wish I had time to prepare something ahead of time, but all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you so much.”

Beede’s brief remarks were anticipated by longtime friend and colleague Casey Lewis, who described Beede as a gentle giant with a passion for lifelong learning.

“Frank is a superb individual,” said Freedom High Assistant Principal Lewis. “He’s received many awards and honors over the years, but he never let it go to his head. He never brags about his career in football. He’s the most humble and modest person I know. The students love him and the staff respects him. I know I’m biased, but I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. He’s got a great attitude and he’s a hard worker on the field and in the classroom.”

Keeping the press conference a secret was a challenge for Lewis and Faulkner, who was the first to know about the award in June, but it was worth it to surprise Beede.

“Frank is a great guy. He’s a great teacher,” Faulkner said. “When I found out he won, I formed a committee of only five people and together we orchestrated this event, and it’s been a hard secret to keep, but we wanted to make this special for him and his family.

“Frank embodies what you want in a teacher and he leads by example. He’s an inspiration to us all. We are so proud of him and grateful to have him at our school.”

However, the person who had the most difficulty keeping the secret was Beede’s wife of 10 years, Kim. When she was first informed about the award a few weeks ago, she was glad her husband was at work because she couldn’t help jumping up and down.

“These last two weeks that I’ve known about this whole thing has been really hard for me because I know not to brag about him,” Kim said before the ceremony. “But now that the day is finally here, I feel like I want to shout it from the rooftops because I’m so proud of him.”

Frank’s youngest children Frankie, 9, and Kendall, 8, were so excited the morning of the presentation that they woke up at 6 a.m. and went to their parents’ bedroom.

“For a minute I had to jog my memory because when I looked up and saw their faces, I thought it was Christmas morning,” Kim said. “They are so excited for this day and we could not be more proud.”

Frankie and Kendall attended the ceremony along with Frank’s eldest children, Justin and Travis, and his mother, sister and grandmother. As Frank took the podium to share a few words, his family gently wiped away tears, unable to contain their pride.

Sandy Gregory and Paul Johns of the Seattle Seahawks were also on hand to present Frank with the official NFL Teacher of the Year award and a grant for $5,000. The NFL also donated $5,000 to Freedom High School as part of the honor.

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Jammin Jamboree

April 22, 2010
Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152
– Contributed by Cubmaster Gary Melot
Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152 was a part of the recent Boys Scouts of America 100th Anniversary NorCal Jamboree. About 20,000 Scouts joined in the fun, activities, shows and camping at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Some of Pack 152, above, assembled near the Scouting museum and the Trading Post. It was a huge and historic day of scouting that Pack 152 will never forget.



December 9, 2009
Pack 152



Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152 had a fabulous time at Dell’Osso Family Farms’ recent Holiday on the Farm event. Many of the Scouts and parents ran the gauntlet of the zip line, above, and enjoyed tubing down the 300-foot Snow Mountain. 

They saw real reindeer and were dazzled by the mile-long drive past the holiday lights display, the largest in Northern California. Dell’Osso Family Farms is located at 26 W. Stewart Road in Lathrop. 

Photo courtesy of Cubmaster Gary Melot



Nov 19, 2009 

Contributed by Cubmaster Gary Melot


 If you’re one of the hundreds of families that live in Oakley’s Vintage Park neighborhood, the Cub Scouts of Pack 152 have probably already been to your house once, and they’re hoping you’ll be ready for them when they return.

The pack is participating in the annual Scouting for Food program, a community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the community. The project is carried out by Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Cub Scouts locally and nationwide.

The Scouts distributed food drive donation request door hangers throughout the Vintage Parkway area last Saturday, and they’ll be back Saturday (Nov. 21) to collect bags filled with nonperishables left out near your driveway. The bags are collected and carried to our local Contra Costa

Food Bank for food pantries, churches, shelters for the homeless, and other local agencies that feed the needy.

Movin On Up

June 25th, 2009

Oakley Cub Scout Pack 152 held its annual graduation at David Biron’s Big Break Marina. The Scouts, finishing out their year, all moved up a rank.  The event was a great success and was graced by beautiful weather and the inviting Delta ambiance. The Scouts, with the help of their parents, all enjoyed a memorable year and look forward to more to come.

Contributed by Cubmaster Gary Melot, Pack 152